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“Clarence is Tired, Clarence is Dirty, Clarence Needs Some TLC” 2 of 5 bubbles
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The Clarence
Ranked #44 of 153 Hotels in Dublin
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70 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
“Clarence is Tired, Clarence is Dirty, Clarence Needs Some TLC”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 12, 2013

If you want a hotel located very close to the action in Temple Bar, the Clarence will work. If you're looking for a first class hotel, the Clarence is not it. From the lobby to our cave of a room, everywhere you looked you saw signs of a poorly kept, worn, facility. The lobby is dingy and barely a proper lobby. Our room's tub was so dirty, my girlfriend would not take a bath, which she was looking forward to, so a shower had to suffice. Our room should be turned into a storage closet. We were on the second floor over looking an alley that was occupied by a pub. The hotel had installed double windows to kill the noise being generated by the crowd and the music and that engineering did work, no noise from outside.

That also meant that you could not open a window and with no air conditioning on a warm night, sleeping was a problem. To add to the sleeping problem were the perfectly useless, heavy velvet curtains which stood off from the wall allowing all the light you did not need to enter the room and wake you in the early morning hours, kind of a sick joke.

The faucets on the sink turned forever and you had to find "off" as it was somewhere in the middle of nowhere.

The decor is early Danish dirty mixed with bland. Fresh paint was needed throughout.

The shining light in our stay was the staff. Everyone we dealt with was absolutely helpful and professional, a joy to speak with. So cheers to the staff, and shame on managment for not keeping this property up to standard. Next visit we'll be staying in the neighborhood around Grafton street. I'd pass on this property, you can do better at the same price point.

Room Tip: Be sure you ask if your room faces the alley with the noisy pub and don't acccept that room.
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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Boston, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 12, 2013

We spent two nights at the Clarence. While the decor was not to my taste, the location and service more than compensated. The staff is very friendly and helpful. And the best of Dublin is at the Clarence's doorstep. The Tea Room has an appealing and affordable menu. Sadly we did not have the time to enjoy a meal there. I would definitely return here!

Stayed June 2013, traveled with family
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Roswell, Georgia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 5, 2013

It was out last night in Ireland, so we decided to spend it at the Clarence. After a day of traveling across the countryside, we got to the hotel, were greeted by a warm, and funny, valet, who took us to our room. Once inside, I did a double-take! I thought I made a mistake and booked the penthouse, and would have to wash dishes, or something, to pay for it. But, no, it was the right room - a beautiful view of the River Liffey, with a balcony, a sitting room and a bath. Very nice accommodation, so nice, we decided to have room service and take the Dublin sunset in. Thanks to the Clarence staff, we had a very enjoyable last night in the country I hope to return to very soon.
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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Scnickel
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Seattle
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 4, 2013

I hardly ever treat myself to nice hotels, so when my reservation for a B&B fell through (i.e., I forgot to actually confirm the reservation), I said "I'm going to treat myself to a nice place! Huzzah!" Since I hardly ever stay at hotels like this, I don't have much to compare it to, but I thought it was mostly very nice. I knew it was categorized more as "boutique" than "luxury," so I wasn't expecting the palace.

The room was small but comfortable (pillows were perfect for my picky self), although very warm the first night. (Thanks for providing a fan - it helped a lot!) The staff were all very friendly and helpful, and I had a nice time having a drink in the Octagon Bar with a friend.

I knew staying in Temple Bar ran the risk of being noisy, but I figured since The Clarence was a bit farther down, it might be better. Alas, there was a bar with an outdoor terrace right below my room. I was nervous about the noise, but with the windows closed, the voices below were silenced. .... but then the dance music started at 11 pm. Oh well. It was worth it for the convenient location.

Stayed June 2013, traveled solo
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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 4, 2013

Wish we were there every weekend!
My husband and I have stayed here twice now. Once for Our honeymoon, then again for our Anniversary.
it is absolutely amazing!
So clean, friendly staff, and PERFECT location!
If you like to go out at night you are in the perfect spot!

Room Tip: Can be a bit noisy considering the location. Get a room with a view of the river, it will be much qu...
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Christina M
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Portland, Texas
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50 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 3, 2013

Just returned from having our wedding in Dublin at the Clarence. We booked everything online and communicated via email so we were apprehensive. Once we got there, the staff was amazing, friendly, helpful. Mary, the events coordinator, helped us make all our dreams come true. The staff service was first class. The food was served perfect to order and on time. The tables and rooms were arranged with plenty of space for guests to mingle. Flowers were everywhere. We could not have hoped for more!

Room Tip: River view rooms are quiet and have a nice breeze in the summer. No direct sunlight since the rooms...
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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Nicole78374
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Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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92 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 30, 2013

There have been some varying reviews for this hotel but from our experience there is nothing to worry about. From start to finish our stay was exemplary from service to food to our room we found all met our every wish. We stayed for one night and over the two days we had lunch, dinner and breakfast - plenty of choice and the taste and presentation were fantastic! The location can not be faulted and we had a roof top room with its own terrace which offered views cross the city. I visited with my husband and son who is 22 and we all thoroughly enjoyed our stay and we will definitley be back as soon as we can!

Room Tip: Higher floors with river view
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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Hodgee234
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Additional Information about The Clarence

Property: The Clarence
Address: 6-8 Wellington Quay, Dublin 2, Ireland
Location: Ireland > Province of Leinster > County Dublin > Dublin
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#32 Luxury Hotel in Dublin
#50 Romantic Hotel in Dublin
#53 Business Hotel in Dublin
#56 Family Hotel in Dublin
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — The Clarence 4*
Number of rooms: 50
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Clarence boasts fifty bedrooms and suites, along with our world famous Penthouse Suite. Our rooms range from Classic through Deluxe and on to our River View and Garden Terrace Suites. Our furnishings are simple: classic Shaker oak, beds dressed in cool white linen, sitting elegantly in contrast to a palate of vibrant cardinal colours, rich drapes and luxe carpets. We aim to provide all the simple needs of our guests and we offer 'round the clock room service and all rooms have complimentary WiFi as standard. Our city centre location means car space is at a premium, but we do have a small underground car park that can be reserved for a small nightly supplement. It is also worth noting that our location does mean that the area can be lively at night, especially at the weekends and while we have taken every effort to reduce noise, it is not possible to block it all out. Please do consider this before booking. Within the hotel complex there are many drinking and dining experiences, from the chilled out bliss of The Study to the super stylish Octagon Bar, the perfect spot for an afternoon cocktail or a laid back nightcap. We also have Michelin star chef Oliver Dunne's Cleaver East restaurant within our walls and we are very proud that Oliver and his team provide all catering at the hotel, so whether it's a late night bite in your room or a Full Irish breakfast the next morning, you know your food will be of the highest standard, made from the freshest produce, closely cared for by Michelin starred hands. In the bowels of our building you will find the luxurious cocktail and food bar The Liquor Rooms, home to Dublin's arts set and the first ROI bar ever to be nominated in the prestigious Tales of the Cocktail Spirited Awards. On our first floor, overlooking the River Liffey lies The Cleaver East Suite at The Clarence, which can be reserved for special occasions, from large weddings to intimate business meetings. ... more   less 
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